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Our Team


Simon Buckingham Shum

Director &
Professor of Learning Informatics

“Liminal Space… when you have left the tried and true but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait, you will run… anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing.” – Richard Rohr

Academic Team


Theresa Anderson

MDSI Coordinator & Associate Professor

“Harnessing imagination and intuition alongside high-powered computational and analytical capacities is the way to generate inventive and value-sensitive data insights.”

Ruth Deakin Crick

Professor of Learning Analytics & Educational Leadership

“Scaffolding a learning journey when the outcome isn’t known in advance is the big challenge for educators in the 21st Century.”


Simon Knight

Research Fellow (Writing Analytics)

“Thinking about how we find and evidence knowledge is what drives my research.”

Kirsty Kitto

Senior Lecturer (Data Science)

“I don’t know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.” – Richard Feynman

Roberto Maldonado Martinez

Research Fellow (Educational Data Science)

“My research takes a holistic perspective that spans across multiple disciplines. I am particularly interested in the role of data and technology for empowering people in areas such as education, health literacy, group learning and face-to-face interaction.”


Adam Aitken

Writing Analytics Researcher

“I want students to see academic writing as part of a larger skill set they can take with them into the future.”


Andrew Gibson

Research Fellow (Reflective Writing Analytics)

“Exploring the boundary between the human and machine worlds, and making “the best of the ignorance that one chances to be in” – John Woods


Kailash Awati

Senior Lecturer

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of data, decisions and algorithms—
Of multiple meanings…”


Shibani Antonette

PhD Student (Learning Analytics)

“It’s not about the technology, but how it impacts educational practice.”


Carlos Prieto

PhD Student (Learning Analytics)

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”- Thomas Edison


Vanessa Echeverria Barzola

PhD Student

““True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” – Daniel Kahneman

Professional Team

Gabrielle Gardiner

Senior Manager

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” – Winnie The Pooh


Georgia Markakis

Course Manager

“My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work” – Rosa Parks


Michelle Gubanyi

Marketing Officer

“Less is more. Keeping it simple takes time and effort” – Jeff Bullas


CIC Board of Studies

Professor Shirley Alexander
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students)

Professor Simon Buckingham Shum (Chair)
Director, Connected Intelligence Centre

Simon Kwan
Advanced Analytics Institute

Associate Professor Jo McKenzie
Director, Institute for Multimedia and Learning

Faculty Representatives:

Associate Professor Matthew Kearney
Arts and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Bernhard Wieder

Dr Kate Sweetapple
Design, Architecture and Building

Associate Professor Paul Kennedy
Engineering and Information Technology

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay

Professor Rodney Fisher

Professor Louise Ryan

Master of Data Science & Innovation

Senior Academics:

Dr Theresa Anderson
Course Director MDSI and Subject Coordinator, Data, Algorithms and Meaning

Kailash Awati
Senior Lecturer

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Subject Coordinator, Data Science for Innovation

Dr Tapan Rai
Subject Coordinator, Statistical Thinking for Data Science